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Endocrinology Specialty


8 credit hours (minimum)
Specialty course sequence begins in fall semester only

The endocrinology specialty offers students the opportunity to have advanced training in the care of individuals with diabetes and other endocrine conditions. The distance-based coursework includes evidence-based guidelines from the American Diabetes Association, Endocrine Society and American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, incorporating the latest knowledge in the field. On-campus intensives provide students the opportunity to engage with faculty and practicing clinicians and inquire about novel research and innovative practice. In the synthesis course, students will work directly with clinicians practicing in endocrinology across a variety of clinical settings.


  • NUR 831: Advanced Practice Nursing: Endocrine Specialty I
  • NUR 832: Advanced Practice Nursing: Endocrine Specialty II
  • NUR 835: Advanced Practice Nursing in Endocrine Synthesis

How to Enroll

At this time, the endocrinology specialty is available to NP students and currently practicing NPs who manage adult patients in primary care or specialty settings.

Duke University School of Nursing students interested in adding this specialty to their academic plan must complete the Add a Specialty Form. This form must be submitted to the MSN Program Office via email (son‐ at least 10 days prior to the start of the semester.

Nurse practitioners with an MSN degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution and nurse practitioner students from other regionally accredited colleges or universities interested in earning a certificate in this specialty should follow instructions for the Specialty Certificate application. Enrollment decisions are made by the lead faculty of the specialty based on space availability. Due to limited space, this specialty is competitive and an interview (in-person or via Skype) may be required.

Employment Preparation

Coursework and clinical experiences prepare graduates to practice in outpatient primary care settings as the clinical expert, or in endocrinology settings across the country. The specialty courses provide the requisite knowledge and skills to demonstrate expertise in the care of diabetes and other endocrine disorders.

Curriculum Highlights

  • First endocrinology specialty for NPs in the United States
  • Curriculum includes three specific endocrinology courses integrated within the Nurse Practitioner major
  • One required on-campus visit to DUSON for hands-on insulin pump and continuous glucose monitor (CGM) training and complex patient simulations
  • Faculty teaching in this program are active in endocrinology practice
  • Provides 168 supervised clinical hours in endocrine settings across the spectrum of care

Learn more about our curriculum.